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Belfast Area High School Team competes at 2019 National Ocean Sciences Bowl Finals Competition in Washington, D.C.

posted May 8, 2019, 6:21 AM by Butch Richards   [ updated May 8, 2019, 6:22 AM ]

The Belfast team of Quinnten, Logan, Wyatt and Brendan along with Coaches Dave Thomas and Elizabeth Mick headed to Washington D.C. on Thursday, April 11th for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Championship.  The teams were treated to various field trips, Capital Hill being our teams’ choice. The team had conversations with professional staffers from both the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce as well as the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife. Senator Collin’s office reached out for a private visit and the team was also welcomed by Jared Golden’s office.  Our students handled themselves with respect and entertained questions well from the offices. They also countered with educated questions for the offices.

The competition on Saturday and Sunday was a great experience.  The students competed well against teams from Hawaii, Virginia, California, and New York and ended their day with the Science Expert Briefing (SEB).  This component of the NOSB competition is a simulation of a Congressional hearing. In the SEB, students step into the shoes of scientists, businesspersons, non-profits, state and federal agencies to propose recommendations on a chosen piece of legislation to “Members of Congress” (judges). While playing their roles as stakeholders, student "experts" prepare draft recommendations, negotiate with allies and adversaries, and resolve conflicts.

Our students represented our school with maturity, charisma, and respect.  It was a wonderful opportunity to participate in and fabulous to witness so many students stepping up and educating themselves about the world we live in.